Associate Professor, Sustainability & General Management
Wren Montgomery’s research and teaching primarily delve into environmental and social organization, examining its transformative impact on societal norms, institutions, and corporate interactions. Her keen interest lies in exploring unconventional collaborations and coalitions that can address the pressing challenges of our times, especially at the crossroads of climate change, water issues, soil degradation, and social justice.
Blending insights from institutional theory, social movements, economics, and entrepreneurship, her research adds depth to theories of change. Notably, her extensive study on water accessibility in Detroit, Michigan, earned her accolades such as the Best Dissertation (ONE, 2016) and Best Paper Award (OMT, 2016) from the Academy of Management. Her publication, "Water Wars in Detroit: Custodianship and the Work of Institutional Renewal" (AMJ, 2020), was awarded both the IACMR-RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Management and the NBS-ONE Research Impact on Practice Award in the same year.
Beyond these areas, she investigates corporate greenwashing and the nuances of environmental and social entrepreneurship. Committed to creating impactful research, Dr. Montgomery combines academic rigor with tangible contributions to the global community. As an adept management consultant and senior government policy analyst, she eagerly partners with organizations, entrepreneurs, and students passionate about instigating change.